Pre-Forum Activities

These optional events are available to attendees on Tuesday, October 18 and require separate registration.

Registration for these events is now closed.

Community, Collaboration, and Innovation: Partnerships for Early Care in Oakland

Tuesday, October 18 | 12:00–4:00 pm Pacific
Lotus Bloom, Oakland, CA | No cost

Join us for a site visit to Oakland to learn about how cross-sector and diverse partnerships are working to improve the services, funding, and supports for early care in Oakland. The site visit will be at the Lotus Bloom Family Resource Center, and will start with participants engaging in a diaper distribution program, and then transition to discussion with Angela Louie Howard, CEO of Lotus Bloom, and Clarissa Doutherd, Executive Director of Parent Voices Oakland. Facilitated by Amy Fitzgerald, Vice President of Community Investment & Partnerships, East Bay Community Foundation, the discussion will explore the ways that service providers, parents and caregivers, and advocates are working together to address the gaps in early care, with a focus on racial equity, innovations in increasing public funding, and the multiple ways that philanthropy is working to support community partners.

Transportation will be provided from The Fairmont.

Confirmed speakers:

Clarissa Doutherd
Executive Director
Parent Voices Oakland

Amy Fitzgerald
Vice President of Community Engagement & Partnerships
East Bay Community Foundation

Angela Louie Howard
Founder and CEO
Lotus Bloom

Urban Tilth

Tuesday, October 18 | 12:30–4:30 pm Pacific
Richmond, CA | No cost
Sponsored by The Libra Foundation

Urban Tilth inspires, hires, and trains local residents to cultivate agriculture, feed our community, and restore relationships to land to build a more sustainable food system, within a just and healthier community.

Founded in 2005 to help build a more sustainable, healthy, and just local food system, Urban Tilth has emerged as a local leader, a catalyst drawing together a variety of individual, discrete initiatives into a web of integrated, food- and community-focused efforts. They farm, feed, forage, teach, train, build community, employ, and give back. Urban Tilth helps its community grow its own food; train and employ its own young people as “home grown experts”; teach local residents about the relationships among food, health, poverty, and justice; and forge partnerships with local small farmers to increase demand for their produce.

Join a group of colleagues to learn about Urban Tilth's work.

Transportation will be provided from The Fairmont.